Handel’s Oratorio Messiah 1999

Handel’s Oratorio Messiah 1999

Handel’s Oratorio Messiah 1999

Handel’s oratorio Messiah, conducted by Dr. Wong Yau Sun, at Crown Princess Hotel , Kuala Lumpur and Hotel Equatorial Penang.

Words From Us
The oratorio “Messiah” is a work almost unsurpassed, a precious work out of the heritage of a long lived Christian civilization. Singing in its original text reserves as much of its style; accompanying by chamber group enriches its
expressions. Our performance of “Messiah” is not to boast of any man of any greatness, any creative effort in composing and in interpreting, any unique experience or integrity of humanity, but to proclaim through music, a media that sees no boundaries in space and time in projecting messages, prophecies that were spoken of the savior, the birth of Christ, and the Glory of God revealed through the crucifixion, resurrection and forever-reigning of Christ.

We’ve made great effort through disciplined training and by the grace of God to release ourselves from music-on-the-page and various techniques, to be able to share with you sincerely and truly our praises to the Creator our savior Jesus Christ, for … “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain …to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessing.”

What is Oratorio?
Strictly, it is a musical setting of a religious libretto for solo singers, choir, and orchestra in dramatic form but usually perform without scenery or costumes in concert-hall or church. It also applies to works on non-religious themes. The form originated in plays given in the Oratory of the church of Sta.Maria in Vallicella in Rome in the mid 16th century.

About Handel and his oratorio “Messiah”
At various times in their lives Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven all declared Handel to be the greatest composer that ever lived. George Frideric Handel was born in Germany in 1685 but spent most of his adult life in England, where he successfully combined the techniques of Germany, French, Italian, and English musical styles in an outpouring of 40 operas, 20 oratorios, and numerous other vocal pieces, instrumental works and church music. His work ultimately became a factor in the popularization of European music throughout the world.

Following his arrival in English in 1710, Handel had increasingly dominated the art-music of Britain , his Italian operas became highly fashionable in London. He became a naturalized British subject in 1726. Soon after that, his opera establishment was in serious financial difficult , partly due to the immense success of the Beggar’s opera by John Christopher Pepusch. Handel then turned to write some of the most splendid church music for state occasions, as Purcell had done before him. For the London opera audiences, he provided biblical oratorios. These were operas in all but name – performed in the manner of opera, by opera singers and in their theatres. Only the staging was missing

By 1741, Handel was overtaken by serious financial difficulties. Even his oratorios were not paying. Yet in spite of all his troubles, his masterpiece, “Messiah”, was composed in a matter of weeks.

Messiah was written for a charity concert in Dublin, and it was in that city that “Messiah” was first heard in 1742. It was received with tremendous enthusiasm, but when Handel produced it a little later in London , the idea of
presenting it in a theatre caused some initial unease and only gradually won its way to popularity. What is more, “Messiah” was unlike any of Handel’s other oratorios. Not only was it contemplative and reflective of its theme rather than vividly dramatic, but the subject was Christ himself, unlike the other oratorios based almost exclusively on Old Testament figures.

Few years later, Handel began to experience trouble with his eyesight. Although in failing health he participated in a performance of “Messiah” during the Lenten season of 1759. A week later he died in his house on Brook Street, London, esteemed and respected in England as the greatest composer of his age. After all the financial straits of earlier years, he died a wealthy man. He was buried in Westminster Abbey , where his monument by Roubillac still stands.

Words about Music
Music is the eye of the ear.
~~Thomas Draxe (d.1618)

Music is said to be the speech of angels. In fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It bring us near to the infinite.
~~ Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Music is a strange thing. I would almost say it is a miracle. For it stands halfway between thought and phenomenon, between spirit and matter, a sort of nebulous mediator, like and unlike each of the things it mediates —spirit that requires manifestation in time, and matter that can do without space.
~~Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

Music is the universal language of mankind.
~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Music is the art of thinking with sounds.~~Jules Combarieu(1859-1916)

If a man be without the virtues proper to humanity, what has he to do with music?

Music is the art of the prophets, the only art than can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.
~~Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Music is the exaltation of the mind derived from things eternal bursting forth in sound.
~~Sir Thomas Aquinas

Music, verily, is the mediator between intellectual and sensuous life, the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.

The song that we hear with our ears is only the song that is sung in our hearts.
~~Marie Louise de al Ramee (1839-1980)

Handel’s Oratorio Messiah 1999

Handel’s Oratorio Messiah 1999

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